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Canada: B.C. Lower Mainland storm cuts power to 400,000 homes

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Storm winds have brought trees down on roads, cars and at least one person in Metro Vancouver.
Surrey woman suffers life-threatening injuries after being struck by falling tree

Winds maxing out at 90 km/h in some parts of southwest B.C. have made for dangerous conditions on roads, with downed trees and power lines. At least 400,000 homes are without power.

Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast are also experiencing damage from the winds. Environment Canada says winds peaked at 117 km/h on Saturna Island.

High winds forced the closure of Vancouver's jewel, Stanley Park, although the east side of the park re-opened Saturday afternoon.

The annual Pacific National Exhibition initially said it would close but later announced it would stay open after Environment Canada cancelled a wind warning.


Dead Humpback whale found on Mexican beach


Dead humpback whale
A humpback whale was found dead on the Pacific coast of the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico's Commission for Protected Natural Areas said.

The whale, measuring 11 meters (36 feet) long, was discovered on the beach in the municipality of Mapastepec, the commission said in a statement.

Officials at the La Encrucijada biosphere reserve said the whale died at sea and drifted for three days before washing up on the beach.

The whale's body bore no signs of blows or injuries and experts took samples of blood and tissue to determine the cause of death.

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Baseball-sized hail recorded in Kittson, Pembina counties, North Dakota

Baseball-size hail hit parts of Pembina and Kittson counties this morning as a storm moved through the northern Red River Valley.

Reports of golf ball to baseball-size hail were reported from near Neche, N.D., to Minnesota's Humbolt-St. Vincent and Northcote areas in Kittson County, National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Knutsvig said.

Pembina County Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking received his first report about the storm at about 8:20 a.m.

Meanwhile, strong thunderstorms redeveloped early Friday afternoon near Angle Inlet, Minn., on Lake of the Woods, according to a weather service reports. Boaters were being cautioned that the conditions could last through 4 p.m.

Source: Forum News Service

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Baseball-sized hail damages roofs and smashes cars in Altona, Manitoba

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Altona got hit with baseball-sized hail, leaving behind damaged roofs and smashed car windows.
A section of southern Manitoba was hit hard with hail on Friday morning.

The town of Altona, about 115 km southwest of Winnipeg, got hit with baseball-sized hail, leaving behind damaged roofs and smashed car windows.

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The storm, that lasted a solid 10 minutes, produced hail the size of golf balls.
Environment Canada said they received reports of hail from toonie to golf ball and baseball-sized hail, the latter two in the vicinity of the Altona area.

Glenda MacPhail, a resident of Altona, said parking lots and streets were flooded as a result of the hail storm that lasted a solid 10 minutes.

She said multiple cars around the town were left smashed up.


6 school children attacked by stray dogs in Lasjan, India


Six school children attacked by dogs in Lasjan

Stray dogs Saturday attacked half a dozen students in Lasjan area in the outskirts of Srinagar city. The attacks from dogs on little children created panic among parents while locals alleged that such attacks have become the order of the day and no measures are being taken to curb the dog population in the area.

Eyewitnesses told CNS that a group of school children were attacked by stray dogs during morning hours when they were on way to their respective schools. "Stray dogs attacked six students in Lasjan resulting in bites and other injuries. The injured were shifted to hospital for first aid and anti-rabies vaccination," said a police official who identified the injured as Shafia Javid, Mudasir Nazir, Rehana, Salma, Ajaz Ahmed and Roohi Jan.

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Waterspout appears offshore east of Miami Beach, Florida

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A large waterspout was spotted just offshore east of Miami Beach Friday morning around 9 a.m.

NBC 6 crews in the area spotted the waterspout forming in a cloud, stirring up the water below.


Signs and Portents: Two-headed piglet found abandoned outside Buddhist temple in China


Piglet: The poor animal was found abandoned outside a Buddhist temple in the town of Xinkou, Tianjin, China
A two-headed piglet abandoned outside a Buddhist temple in China has been adopted by a kind-hearted passerby.

The pig, found outside the temple in Xinkou town, Tianjin, has three ears and is able to eat using both its mouths.

However, the weight of its heads means the poor animal is unable to stand up or walk.

New owner Yang Jinliang feeds the piglet baby formula with a bottle and claims it is able to eat from both its mouths.

The pet owner hopes to receive help from animal experts to keep the pig, which has become a local celebrity in the eastern Chinese town, alive.

In June, another two-headed pig was born in Chongqing, southwest China, but died three days later.

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Waterspout filmed near Fremantle, Australia

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A waterspout provided a spectacular show of nature off Fremantle this morning.
A waterspout which formed off Fremantle provided spectacular show of nature this morning.

The long funnel descending from the clouds could be clearly seen whipping up ocean spray close to Fremantle Harbour.

The weather bureau says the water spout was created by unstable air above warm, shallow coast water.

The wind would only need to be around 70 kilometres an hour to get the spout going.

Source: The West Australian

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North Korea releases horrifying film of killer floods


Killer floods: At least 40 are said to have died after severe weather in North Korea
Devastating footage have been released by North Korea showing the torrential rain and flash floods that have killed 40 and driven more than 11,000 from their homes.

Homes and building have been wrecked after 250mm of rain fell last weekend.

Video broadcast by North's official news agency KCNA on Thursday showed people walking through flooded streets, farmland and a vehicle submerge in mud.

Following the downpour, authorities in neighbouring China worked with North Korean border officials to evacuate 484 Chinese tourists, according to a Chinese news website.

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Two hurricanes heading toward Hawaii

Hurricane Ignacio was churning across the Pacific on Friday on a path that could take it past Hawaii in coming days, with a second, more powerful storm trailing in its wake, the National Hurricane Center said.

Though the track of Ignacio remains uncertain, the Category 1 hurricane, at the low end of the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity, was heading northwest and "continues to get closer to Hawaii", the government forecaster said.

Ignacio was centered about 720 miles (1,160 km) east of Hilo and 935 miles (1,500 km) east of Honolulu on Friday evening. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph).

A coastal storm watch could be issued for the Hawaiian islands early on Saturday, the center said.